Like many states, South Carolina faces a huge budget deficit. Will it be business as usual for the state, or will state leaders think outside the box?
Often, in these sorts of fiscal crises, we hear that no area of state spending is exempt from budgetary review. But in reality, prison spending often is the proverbial sacred cow. That’s partly because voters are properly concerned with public safety, and they mistakenly believe reductions in the prison budget will lead to putting the “bad guys” back on the street.